Where is the policy in XP that limits access to a users desktop settings?

I don't want the 'hosers' account on my box here to be able to modyfy their desktop settings. The jackasses keep putting porno as the background. That would be all fine and dandy, but I don't much like it when I have girls come over and see a huge vagina plastered on my screen.

Where is the policy hiding that will make it so I can lock them out of the settings? I've seen it done before, I've no idea where to go for it though.

Thanks in advance -Souter

Also.. Is there a good site out there with policy tutorials? I'm rather new to this security aspect of Windows 2000/XP
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Go to run and type in gpedit.msc this is where you can lockdown all sorts of things it’s quite easy to use.

Then select “Administrative Templates” then “Control Panel” then “Display” double click on the “Prevent changing wallpaper” option and select enabled this will then stop anyone from changing the background

Hope this helps

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SootahAuthor Commented:
hi sootah

has this solved your problem?


Try this site for some information on security policy, read read read.,


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